Not for nothing is rugby league regarded as being one of the toughest of all contact sports.
But that fact hasn’t put off a couple of Doncaster schoolgirls from wanting to tackle the 13-side rugby code.
Unfortunately the Doncaster Toll Bar club, who run a number of junior sides, currently have no plans to field an under-11s side – the last year boys and girls can play in the same team – in the forthcoming 2014 campaign.
Erin Paul (10) and Fausta Paskauskate (11), got a taste for the sport when taking part in a Doncaster Schools’ Tag Rugby competition organised by the Dons last summer.
They also took in several of the Dons’ games at the Keepmoat Stadium, where Erin’s dad Neil, and her grandad, are both regulars.
The two girls started to train with the Toll Bar under-11s squad in October
“The team only had two games left to play so they didn’t get the chance to play in a match, but they have continued to train with the team which will be playing under-12s rugby this season,” said Neil, a former member of the Doncaster Phoenix RUFC team.
“I love it,” enthused Erin – a sentiment echoed by Fausta.
“They are still eligible to play at under-11s level next season,” said club chairman Ray Green.
“Unfortunately, we haven’t got an under-11s team although it’s not too late to enter a team. If we could get some boys they could play in the same team this year.
“But it would be even better if we could attract more girls so that we could enter a girls’ team. To make it viable we’d need a squad of at least 12.”
The girls haven’t had much look trying to encourage other girls at Kirby Avenue Junior School into giving the sport a try, though they have managed to persuade Sophie Sidall (11) to come down to the club.
“I’m sure others would like it if they gave it a go,” said Erin.
The girls train every Thursday from 6.15pm and anyone interested in playing at under-11s level should either make themselves known to club officials on the night or contact Ray on Doncaster 886602